Friday, February 20, 2015

Hanley Ramirez Flying Under the Radar

The Red Sox had a busy offseason but perhaps their biggest move has been talked about the least. Hanley Ramirez just entered his thirties and is a career .300 hitter who has played the majority of his career in pitcher friendly ballparks. He is a right handed hitter with power, coming to play ball in Fenway Park, yet nobody is talking about him. The focus instead has been on Pablo Sandoval, the blooming stardom of Mookie Betts, the new ace who is trying to prove he is an ace in Rick Porcello. What about Hanley?

While I worry about some free agents making the transition to Boston, I don't think Hanley will have these issues. If anything, I think he will thrive this year. True, he has to learn a new position and there are questions about staying healthy, but is it so unreasonable to think that the Red Sox may have acquired a guy with the ability to carry the offense? The great Peter Gammons tweeted out this interesting stat today:

Hanley Ramirez's career numbers are .300/.373/.500 and these numbers have been done with 56.9% of plate appearances in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami. San Diego, Shea Stadium and Citi Field. 0.19% of his plate appearances have been Fenway Park , Baltimore, Toronto and Yankee Stadium.

Get excited Red Sox fans.

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